Do you think it’s an issue that the president of the Charlotte Business Guild, the group who has taken a lead role in promoting the transgender bathroom ordinance, is a registered sex offender? Do you think some Charlotteans might’ve been less supportive of the ordinance had they known this fact? Chad shares the story reported on Breitbart News today.
Next, Chad speaks to Mount Airy Mayor David Rowe. He tells him about the wonders of small town living that inspired “The Andy Griffith Show.” Mayor Rowe tells Chad when Andy was growing up the town was known as a mill town, but today the mills have closed or have moved. He says it’s been a difficult transition for residents as they find employment in different industries. He says though, people realize many people under the age of 50 don’t remember Andy Griffith or the show, but the town still wants to keep the values it portrayed. Mayor Rowe says they have to figure out how to provide economic opportunities for young people who want to move back to the town. Chad asks how far Pilot Mountain is from Mount Airy. Mayor Rowe says it’s about 12 miles away and visible most of the time. And, the world’s largest quarry is located there. Mayor Rowe tells Chad the quarry provided granite for the steps of the Washington Monument, and other national monuments around the nation. He tells Chad when it comes to what the town could use from lawmakers to help keep costs lower and efficiencies higher is a reduction in government regulation. Chad asks what he’d like to be remembered for as Mayor. Mayor Rowe says to have someone say he made a difference and as a bridge builder both in his “real job” and in his role as Mayor.
In the second hour, Chris Sinclair, Consultant for the Connect NC Campaign. Chad asks him why the bond is called Connect NC when there is no money for transportation included. Chris explains lawmakers first wanted to insulate funds for the highway trust fund that has previously been raided to help finance other projects. He tells Chad our state’s university system hasn’t received any major state funding for decades, but we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. He says we have to continue to think about the return on the investment our institutions of higher learning provide since we have several that rank as the best in the nation. Chad gets a little in the weeds by detailing one specific section which seems to state lawmakers can reallocate uses for funds. Chris explains this is boilerplate language used in most bonds. He says an oversight committee will be in place to approve every project. Chad asks why each amount for community colleges was not broken down. Chris says you’d have to ask the lawmakers who wrote the bond and still each community college will have to justify each project they want funded. Chris says there’s a segment of our population that thinks we shouldn’t spend any money – period. He says there are many conservatives that support the bond by providing money for parks, community colleges, the NC Zoo, agricultural research and national guard facilities. He stresses there is no tax increase associated with this bond – an unusual circumstance. He says a need can be thought of as a want, but there is a real need for the items in the bond. Chad said there is no way the bond will not be funded by taxpayers. Chris says we’ve cut spending and taxes as we’ve grown which have lowered state revenue. He says there will be 5000 jobs associated with the bond each year that will end when the bond is complete. He says the intangibles can’t be discounted on the education side because that is jeopardizing the future of our state’s children.